11 Jets Who Won't Be Returning Next Season

As the Jets prepare to navigate free agency, don't be surprised if these 11 players don't return to New York in 2024 for one reason or another.
DE Bryce Huff is one of 11 Jets who won't be returning for the 2024 NFL season.
DE Bryce Huff is one of 11 Jets who won't be returning for the 2024 NFL season. / Cooper Neill/GettyImages
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8. Al Woods, DT

The Jets signed veteran defensive tackle Al Woods last offseason to help improve the D-line depth. Although the 36-year-old run-stopper has never been the best player at his position, there was a lot of reason to be optimistic about a player with over 150 games under his belt.

Unfortunately, Jets fans didn't get to see much of Woods in 2023. The former LSU defender only made six appearances before suffering a season-ending Achilles tear at the end of October. He finished the year with six tackles and a sack across 140 defensive snaps.

Considering how he was signed to a one-year deal in the first place, I doubt the Jets have much of a desire to bring Woods back. It wasn't even as if he was productive when he did play. His 53.0 pass rush and 55.4 run defense grades on PFF weren't anything special while his 54.0 overall defensive grade was his worst effort since his rookie season in 2010.

Even if, for some crazy reason, the Jets wanted to bring Woods back, he might decide to call it a career. Bouncing back from an Achilles tear is no easy feat for a 6-foot-4, 309-pound DT who turns 37 in March. It might just be best for him to sit back and enjoy his $27.6 million in career earnings.